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Enjoy the freedom of traveling with RideWise!

Our RideWise program teaches older adults and people with disabilities to travel independently and safely on public transportation. The services are provided at no charge for those who qualify and encompass all forms of public transportation (bus, light rail).

The Rider's Voice

The Rider’s Voice is a book featuring the stories of twenty-five new independent travelers and advocates who have shared in the RideWise experience.  Each story is a powerful, unique, first-person account of what it means to travel independently; to move about the community with purpose and without harm.  Each story is further enhanced by the incredible imagery of  world renowned photographer, Christopher Anderson.

What does the RideWise program have to offer?

We offer a wide range of services tailored to meet your specific needs, and ability level.

  • One-on-one travel training is our short-term, practical and individualized instruction to teach older adults and people with disabilities to travel safely and independently using public transportation.
  • Group travel training is available for people receiving support through transition programs, older adult residential facilities, community centers and more. These outings are designed to encourage the use of public transportation by choosing a familiar destination. The training is designed to be in a social, relaxed environment for customers to “learn the ropes.”
  • Riders Club trips are designed to give our customers more opportunities to become comfortable with the public transit system by creating fun adventures that include riding fixed route to and from the destination. Activity directors at residential facilities and senior centers coordinate these regularly scheduled trips.
  • For people new to a mobility device, our vehicle familiarization service is designed for individuals who need assistance and practical experience boarding TriMet buses and MAX cars. This training takes place when the vehicles are not in service.

Who provides the training?

The training is provided by our qualified travel trainers. All of our instructors go through a strict screening process and receive extensive training before working with our customers.

How much does it cost?

All training and related support is provided at no charge to older adults and people with disabilities living in Multnomah, Clackamas or Washington County.

Where is the training?

Our travel trainers will provide training anywhere in Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington County at a time and location that is convenient for you.

Who is eligible to receive training?

If you are an older adult (60+) or person with a disability and live in Multnomah, Clackamas or Washington County, you can request training. 

How do I get started? 

Would you or someone you know benefit from our services? Fill out a Travel Training Request form online or give us a call at 503.528.1743 and we will get you going. 



Our WorkLink transit orientation program serves low income job seekers and wage earners. We provide group and individual instruction in English and Spanish on how to fully understand and utilize all alternative transportation options within their community.

The WorkLink program is provided throughout Multnomah and Washington counties.

What training is provided through WorkLink?

Our transit orientation sessions cover the following topics:

  • Orientation on all of the ways to plan a trip on TriMet: by phone, on the Internet, with schedules and maps.
  • Information on where to buy tickets, which tickets to buy, how to validate tickets, and how to read transfers.
  • How to ensure safety, security and comfort on bus and MAX.
  • How to take a bicycle on bus and MAX.

How much does it cost?

WorkLink services are provided at no charge to low income job seekers and wage earners. Contact us to determine if you qualify.

How do I get started?

Call us at 503.226.0700, TTY: 1.800.735.2900 (relay service) or email at worklink@rideconnection.org.


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